This Week’s Must-See Art Events: Hair-braiding, Yodeling, and the Civil War

by Henry Kaye on June 3, 2014 Events

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Still from Omer Fast’s “CNN Concatenated” (2002), one of the videos to be shown at 601Artspace this week.

Welcome to June. After a month of fairs and other high-end events, we’ve got some fresh events to feed your need for quirk. Whether you’re into a hair-braiding salon at Recess, yodeling at the Independent Curators International, or Civil War re-enactors at the Studio Museum in Harlem, you’re bound to find some art beyond blue-chip abstraction. Enjoy!

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41 Grand St.
12 PM -6 PMWebsite

Ruka (to braid/ to knit/ to weave)

This month Recess is inviting Nontsikelelo Mutiti to create an installation about African hair-braiding in their storefront space. Mutiti, along with professionals hair stylists, will fill the space with archival images, texts, braiding instructions, combs, and even business cards. From this the artist will create a new installation of custom floor tiles, video, posters, etc., all using the repetition of weaving as a starting point. In short, expect to see a lot of patterning.


334 Broome St.
East Village/ LES
6 PM - 8 PMWebsite

Ruba Katrib vs. “Elaine Lustig Cohen & Heman Chong: Correspondence(s)”

We’re really looking forward to this two-person exhibition with Elaine Lustig Cohen and Heman Chong. In this exhibition, Chong selects works from Lustig Cohen’s body of paintings that relate to her own work as a graphic designer of books and printed material. For her part, Lustig Cohen commissions Chong to create nine new paintings from “Cover Versions,” an ongoing series in which he creates fictional book jackets. This is particularly relevant to the gallery’s history, which was founded by Prem Krishnamurthy, a principal founder in the design firm Project Projects. Midway through the show, the exhibition will be rehung by SculptureCenter curator Ruba Katrib.



601 West 26th St.
6:30 PM - 8:30 PMWebsite

BYO Video Night!

Have your work screened this Wednesday along with work by Omer Fast, Rainer Ganahl, Anna Jermolaewa, Shin il Kim, Christian Marclay, Fiona Tan, and Hiraki Sawa. Here’s the deal: They supply the beer and pizza, you bring the art!


Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art

26 Wooster St
6 PM - 8 PMWebsite

After Our Bodies Meet: From Resistance to Potentiality

Hindu mythology, blood, and transgender karate. After Our Bodies Meet: From Resistance to Potentiality, explores the history of queer feminist artists from around the globe. Artists include Zanele Muholi, who’s showing a series of digital collages about menstrual blood stains, and Heather Cassil, who used mixed martial arts to attack a 1,500-pound mountain of clay.

ICI Curatorial Hub

401 Broadway
Tribeca / Downtown
6:30 PM - 8:00 PMWebsite

Mark Beasley: A Brief History of Unique Singing Techniques

If you go to ICI, you might see some yodeling. Curator and writer Mark Beasley, currently with Performa, has organized a night devoted to experimental female singing that uses the “extended vocal technique” (this includes yodeling, metal growling, and vocal frying). It’ll be a little bit of a history talk, with a listening session thrown in for good measure.

The Flag Art Foundation

545 W. 25th St.
6 PM - 8 PMWebsite

Yale MFA Show

It’s always worth it to check out the work of emerging artists. Roe Ethridge is curating The Yale MFA photography show this year, which is moving from its location in New Haven to the FLAG Art Foundation in New York. Artists include Erin Desmond, Awol Erizku, Genevieve Gaignard, Hannah Hummel, Fumikazu Ishino, Casey McGonagle, Tyler Moore, Hannah Price, Billie Stultz, and Evan Whale.


The Kitchen

512 West 19th Street
6 PM, 7PM, and 8 PMWebsite

Dance and Process

Dance and Process, the Kitchen’s longest running series, returns this year for just two nights. Performers Rebecca Patek, Kim Brandt, Alan Calpe, and Gillian Walsh came together for 10 weeks of intensive brainstorming—we’re looking forward to seeing how it’ll pay off. Though we don’t know a ton about all the performers, we can recommend Rebecca Patek; her performance “ineter(a)nal f/ear” at the Abrons Center was one of the most refreshing, no-bullshit performances we’ve seen all year.


The Studio Museum in Harlem

144 W 125th St
3 PM - 5 PMWebsite

Songs of the Civil War

Civil War reenactments in New York City are few and far between, but we’ve (kind of) found one. Courtesy the Artists, a performance duo made up of Malik Gaines and Alexandro Segade (also members of 2014 Whitney Biennial favorites My Barbarian), will bring an afternoon of performances based on Civil War tunes. We expect some cheery song and dance, but with some political bite.

Collaborators including niv Acosta, LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs, Matana Roberts, Kali Wilder and the New York Regiment United States Colored Troop Reenactors.


The Print Shop at MoMA PS1

Jackson Ave. and 46th Rd.
Long Island City
6 PM - 10 PM

SADE ROOM (famously reclusive)

Donna Huanca’s work is like a high-gloss fashion editorial set inside an alien landscape; she’s been given a storefront at MoMA PS1 where, on Sundays only, models will walk around her set. Should be bizarre, and exciting.

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